People who like comedy and people who like history are not traditionally people who like sports, so it’s a pleasant surprise that “Sports Heroes” turns out to be a genuinely solid episode of Drunk History. Then again, people who like sports doenjoy drinking, so maybe the connection isn’t so thin after all.
Preston Flagg kicks things off with the story of Jim Thorpe, dubbed by many as the The Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century. The segment flags a little at first, as we mostly see montages of Thorpe (Jason Momoa) training and Olympics-ing with little of the dubbed drunk dialogue from which Drunk History gets its best laughs. And Flagg borders on being an annoying vs. an entertaining drunk, losing his train of thought and getting easily distracted by the boom mic in front of him.
But Momoa comes through as the MVP, showing he’s got range beyond his grumpy warrior face as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones.
Flagg rallies at the end, too, giving Thorpe a hilarious victory speech after winning the Olympic decathlon and pentathlon. (“I’ve done everything, I’m talkin’ ‘bout ever-a-ray-thang.”)
Drunk History: Sports Heroes
Paste Magazine August 27th 2014